A Pakistan International Airlines passenger plane with over 40 passengers on board has crashed near Havelian, the hilly area near Abbottabad in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The
The Islamabad bound flight PK-116 took off at 3:30 pm from Chitral and went missing near Abbottabad before the pilots lost control over the aircraft and contact with control tower around 4:22 pm . Quoting eyewitnesses from the area, Geo New said the plane was seen going down in the mountains. Thick cloud of smoke was also seen billowing from the area.
According to unconfirmed reports Junaid Jamshed, former famous Pakistani singer Junaid Jamshed, was also among the passengers on the ill fated plane. He was in Chitral on a preaching tour.
Civil and military rescue teams have been dispatched to the area to find the whereabouts of the aircraft which was being flown by Captain Saleh Janjua and co-pilot Ahmed Janjua. The pilots gave a mayday (help me) call before disappearing from radar.
“We regret to inform that PIA’s ATR-42 aircraft operating as PK-661, carrying around 40 passengers lost its contact with control tower on its way from Chitral to Islamabad a short while ago,” PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani said.